Merriam-Webster has updated its collegiate dictionary, and entries like ‘sexting’ and ‘man cave’ have been added. While many of the added words are on lifestyle and social, Tech got one with Cloud Computing also being added as a dico word. I guess its official, Cloud Computing is in our everyday lives.

cloud computing n. (2006): the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet.

There were a bunch of different names for this: grid computing and utility computing are two earlier ones we have for this phenomenon. In our earliest citation for this, from an announcement about Amazon’s cloud computing service, it’s called “emergent utility computing space.” “Cloud computing” really captured the imagination and became the common name before the technology was even all that common. It’s very whimsical and playful.